First up, it features a 6.3″ 19.5:9 Full HD+ “Dot Drop” display. That’s 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 409 ppi density. This also has a 2.5D curved glass design with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both the front and back. It’s also splash-resistant.
Around back is a set of cameras – a 48 megapixel main f/1.8 wide shooter, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide plus a 2 megapixel depth sensor too.
There’s a 4000mAh battery which features 18W fast charging. This also has dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, type-C USB, a rear fingerprint sensor and NFC.
Up front, there’s a 13 megaxpixel f/2.0 selfie camera with built-in AI technology that helps users take the perfect selfie, every time. It also adds a “panorama selfie feature” to take group images without cropping anyone out.
There’s a number of models available here, but Three have announced that they’ll be selling the Redmi Note 8T 4GB model. That comes with 64GB storage and there’s apparently a microSD slot so you can add more. The price? Well, that’s where things get really interesting – just £169.99. It’ll be available from November 22nd here in the UK and you’ll be able to buy other variants in different colours (moonlight white and space black) from the Mi UK website shortly.
Xiaomi look to be grabbing the space that could potentially be left by Honor, as they stuggle with the US trade embargo which prevents them (and parent Huawei) from using GApps services like YouTube, Gmail, Maps and so on. The Xiaomi motto is to deliver “high-quality smartphones at honest prices”.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 quad-core 2GHz chipset includes AI technology to balance power consumption and performance. It looks ever-so-slightly thick and weighty (8.6mm and almost 200g respectively), but we’ll have to see it in the flesh.